Japan’s bullet train celebrates 50 years

A passenger in traditional dress on board a Japanese hikari shinkansen - a type of bullet train, circa 1965. (Photo by Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images); epa03873808 Central Japan Railway Co.'s L0 (zero) series magnetic levitated train is running on Yamanashi Maglev Test Line during a test run in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo, Japan, 19 September 2013. The railway operator also known as JR Tokai announced on 18 September 2013 it will built six stations for the maglev trains to start its service between Tokyo and Nagoya, central Japan in 2027. The train is designed to run at speed of 500 km per hour and will connect 366km journey between Tokyo and Nagoya in about 40 minutes in stead of one hour 41 minutes by present fastest Nozomi Shinkansen bullet train. The new Maglev trains are built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Nippon Sharyo Ltd. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA Photo taken through window
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